I grew up in a rural county of eastern Virginia but spent almost all of my twenties elsewhere: getting a PhD in philosophy at New York University, falling in love in Paris, teaching philosophy at Brandeis University outside Boston, and living on a two-hundred-year-old retired dairy farm in Brittany. Seven years ago I moved home to the place where I grew up.
I write a lot about spiritual things, because of some important transformations in my own life. I grew up Southern Baptist, but I was an atheist for most of my twenties, and I would not say I’ve come “back” to faith but rather “onward” to faith. My spiritual life is no longer based on words written in a book or spoken from a pulpit but on the knowledge of my heart and my own experience. Not infallible, I know, but pretty good guides all the same.
My first book, a philosophy work entitled The Feeling of Value, was published in June 2016. My personal essays have appeared in Salon, Orion, The Baltimore Review, Brevity’s Nonfiction Blog, and on Felicity Huffman’s website What The Flicka? A full list of my published articles is available here.
I am currently at work on a book about coincidences–those strange, enigmatic experiences that are so often personally meaningful and yet push the boundaries of what we consider scientifically possible. Some of the original statistical research I have done for this book will be published shortly in the peer-reviewed Journal of Scientific Exploration.
When I’m not writing, I can be found feeding chickens, hoeing strawberries, or canning way too many green beans. On the other hand, if it’s raining or snowing, I’m likely to be under a blanket on the couch, watching football or French police dramas (Engrenages, anyone?).
I can be contacted by email at sharon.rawlette[at]gmail[dot]com.